Chemical engineering is one of the most important and prestigious branches of engineering. The recent
modernization and technological developments in the chemistry field have led to the rapid rise in demand in various sectors of the field including multiple job opportunities.
Some of the major and in-demand modern-day chemistry subjects include Nanochemistry, Biotechnology, and a lot more. So certain questions arise such as “how are the development and modernization evolving the industry?” and “what are the situations that require chemical engineers to solve on a day-to-day basis?” are some questions we are going to look into to understand the importance of chemical engineering in this rapidly developing world.
Some of the different fields in which chemical engineers have excellent opportunities are the manufacturing sector, healthcare, design and construction, petrochemicals, food processing, polymers, biotechnology, environmental health and safety industries, and many more. Chemical engineers have always been the leaders in environmental conservation and protection. With the unique knowledge that combines both science and engineering, they coordinate their work and figure out the best solutions with teams of other professions.
From solving various complex problems to solving environmental challenges, chemical engineers are one of the main contributors to the effort of saving the world and providing sustainable development for humans. We can even notice the wonderful inventions of chemical engineers in our day-to-day lifestyle. One wonderful innovation is the process of reverse osmosis and its application. Reverse osmosis helps in the removal of trace contaminants from drinking water and nowadays all water purifiers have this process. These are a few instances where we use the solutions provided and innovated by chemical engineers. Let’s have a much more detailed look at their importance on an industrial and research level. Here are a few industrial important activities of chemical engineers:-
1)GREEN MANUFACTURING PROCESSES:
During earlier times, the stereotypical image of factories and power plants were huge containers that were pumping out huge amounts of black smoke and causing heavy pollution and major health issues to the living creatures nearby. But now it’s no longer the case where black smoke is let out into the air. Due to innovations by chemical engineers, industrial facilities have been implemented with machines and instruments that filter out all the air pollutants before they can be let out into the atmosphere.
2)ROLES OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERS IN AGRICULTURE:
Chemical engineers have applied their core knowledge to chemically synthesize fertilizers, herbicides, and
many other chemicals that help in improving crop growth and protection from various diseases and illnesses. Today, the use of these products has become more important than ever to meet the needs of an ever-expanding population and the rapid increase in demand for food and agricultural products.
FERTILIZERS are the product of the combined knowledge of scientific and engineering skills of chemical
engineers. Many simple ways of synthesizing fertilizers have been found and they are affordable by the local farmers and fertilizers are also used in many industries for various uses.
A lot of environmentally safe methods have also been implemented in the agricultural field such as
rainwater harvesting, proper use of fertilizers, crop rotations, etc.
3)ROLE OF CHEMICAL ENGINEER IN MEDICINE:
Chemical engineering has developed many methods that are used in modern medicine today such as
biocompatible materials, which is a creative development that has provided great advances in many aspects of the medical field. Chemical engineering plays a major role in learning and curing various diseases present, creating vaccines, and also spreading awareness about some important information on
how to keep ourselves safe from these various diseases.
Some of the machines which are regularly used in hospitals to save lives are developed by chemical engineers through their core knowledge. All these machines use the concept of biocompatible materials which was also developed through chemical engineering and makes sure that patients experience no pain due to these machines and help doctors in saving millions of people. Some examples of these machines include:
1) Use of vascular grafts to repair and reinforce damaged arteries and veins.
2)Creation of cardiovascular implant devices
3) Creation of artificial knees, hips, arms, and even entire legs.
The world witnesses new genes of viruses every year which disrupts everyday life. To protect living creatures, chemical engineers have contributed significantly to developing many vaccines that are commonly used nowadays. These vaccines have been a game-changer in modern life and it’s the effort and chemical engineers and scientists working together.
In conclusion, we have seen a few roles of chemical engineers which help the world to sustain a healthy and balanced. Chemical engineers are more important than one can imagine and are an important requirement for the development of the world. We wholeheartedly thank all the chemical engineers out there